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Posted on: 1/17/06 1:08 PM
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While recently making a pair of velour pants with a drawstring waist, I was at odds trying to decide what to use for a drawstring. I ended up using polyester twill tape, but wasn't completely satisfied with it. Then I looked at a pair of pants I had... the ends of the drawstring had the plastic shoelace type of thing on it. Then it hit me... use shoelaces for drawstrings!

You can buy shoelaces in lengths from 27 to 72 inches. sells them in all lengths and has a large variety of colors.

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annie-TX said...
I will be using a Pate-Meadows "Lace-up valance" pattern for my grandson's bedroom window. I thought laces instead of fabric for the ties would look nicer for his soccer decor. But didn't have a clue as to where to find the color and the length I would need. Thanks to you, my problem is solved. Ann
2/9/06 12:46 PM
casken said...
Great tip! thanks.
1/21/06 10:56 AM
BjP said...
Thanks for adding the link to this supplier. I've been searching high and low for drawstring in different colors, and now here is a solution! Great tip!
1/20/06 0:29 AM
Minya, Warrior Seamstress said...
This tip brought back memories of me taking new 60" shoelaces to Rennaissance Festivals because someone always needed a drawstring. Drawstring too short, elastic broke, removed drawstring for washing and forgot to reinstall it, needed to tie something to an already overfull pack--it never failed, I'd be going home with at most one remaining shoelace.
1/18/06 8:38 PM
slanden99 said...
I actually bought some RTW Tommy Hilfiger pants a few years back that had a shoelace drawstring in the waistband. Now that I've worn out the pants, I'll be sure to recycle the shoelace drawstring.
1/18/06 6:37 PM
Gigi Louis said...
What a great tip!
1/18/06 2:39 PM
Jan B. said...
I just used a shoe lace on my yoga mat bag. After running the lace through the casing, I used a "spring clip thingy" purchased at Hancocks Fabrics (NA) for adjustability. It sure works great, and one needn't worry about it raveling. By the way, the "plastic thingy on the end of a lace" is called an aglet. Hopefully someone knows what the "spring clip thingy" is :-)
1/18/06 1:51 PM
Nickle said...
Good tip- I recently used them on a poncho for ties-worked great.
1/18/06 5:24 AM
annsew65 said...
Sewingskater, I recently made a pair of velour pants for DD for Christmas and was stuck for the drawstring too. I ended up with laces from Walmart - very soft, white ones that flattened out when put under tension. She said that they are quite comfortable! Great idea! While their variety is limited, they worked pretty well for these pale lavender lounge pants.
1/18/06 1:31 AM
aeme said...
Would you do something different with the ends or leave the tips on them? That's a great idea (and good timing, too, I was so inspired by your velour pants that I'm making mine very soon!).
1/17/06 11:20 PM
Mary Stiefer said...
How cool - I didn't know that they came in that many lengths. Thanks for the info.
1/17/06 6:40 PM
Cornelia said...
Wow! Great tip. Lots of cool possibilities. some of the multicolors might be good to suggest trim colors for athletic wear.
1/17/06 1:48 PM
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